Updated Mar 20, 2023 - Economy & Business

"Ted Lasso" cast to join Bidens at White House to promote mental health

 Jason Sudeikis attends the Apple original series 'Ted Lasso' Season 3 red carpet premiere event at Westwood Village Theater on March 07, 2023 in Los Angeles, California

Jason Sudeikis attends the Apple original series "Ted Lasso" Season 3 red carpet premiere event in Los Angeles, California, earlier this month. Photo: Emma McIntyre/WireImage

The "Ted Lasso" cast will team up with President Biden and first lady Jill Biden to "discuss the importance of mental health" and well-being during a visit to the White House on Monday, the administration announced.

The big picture: President Biden tweeted a reference to the visit in a Sunday post featuring a photo of a sign stating "BELIEVE" above a door leading into the Oval Office — a nod to a poster above the office of coach Ted Lasso, played by Jason Sudeikis, in the hit Apple TV+ show about fictional soccer team AFC Richmond.

A screenshot of a tweet by President Biden a photo featuring a yellow poster bearing the word “BELIEVE” above a door leading to the Oval Office — alluding to a poster in the TV show "Ted Lasso" ahead of the cast's visit.
Photo: President Biden/Twitter
  • The issue of mental health has been a key storyline in the Emmy Award-winning show, with Lasso getting therapy following panic attacks.
  • Cast members Hannah Waddingham, Brendan Hunt, Phil Dunster, Brett Goldstein, Jeremy Swift, Toheeb Jimoh, Kola Bokinni, Cristo Fernandez, Billy Harris and James Lance are expected to join Sudeikis for the White House meeting, per an emailed statement from Apple TV+ announcing the news.

What they're saying: Apple TV+ noted in its statement that "Ted Lasso" has "inspired the world through its universal themes around optimism, kindness, and determination and the Lasso philosophy to 'believe.'"

Editor's note: This article has been updated with additional comment from the White House and Apple TV+.

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